Meryl Streep Explains Our Fascination with Florence Foster Jenkins
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
This Friday, Florence Foster Jenkins, a film about a tone-deaf opera singer starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, opens. WQXR host Elliott Forrest sat down with both stars prior to opening day to discuss our endless fascination with this peculiar figure as well as her partner and manager, St. Clair Bayfield.
In 1944 at the age of 76, Foster Jenkins sold out Carnegie Hall — more than 2,000 people were turned away from the door — with a recital of opera arias that she performed off key. Listen to Streep recount this history in the audio above. Watch the full interviews with both Streep and Grant in the videos below.
Florence Foster Jenkins trailer: